Entrepreneur Magazine Announces Top Franchises for 2007

In its most recent edition, Entrepreneur Magazine released its pick for the top nationwide franchises for 2007. The magazine takes an in-depth look at which franchises would make the best investment for its hopeful readership. In this installment of the PowerOptions weblog, we take a look at some of the publicly traded companies on the list and research the potential option trades.

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The top two companies this year are the privately owned Subway and Dunkin’ Donuts chains. Great companies with great sandwiches and coffee, but until they go public we’re stuck giving them a passing reference.

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Below is the list of the top 10 franchises:
1) Subway – Privately Owned
2) Dunkin Donuts – Privately owned by the Carlyle Group
3) Jackson Hewitt Tax service (JTX)
4) 7-11 – Private subsidiary of Seven-Eleven Japan Co.
5) UPS (UPS)
6) Dominoes Pizza (DPZ)
7) Jiffy Lube – Subsidiary of Royal Dutch/Shell (RD)
8) Sonic Drive In – Privately Owned
9) McDonald’s Restaurants (MCD)
10) Papa Johns Pizza (PZZA)

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Potential Trades:
All of the following option trades have 45 days until expiration. These trades were discovered using the powerful suite of option search tools found at PowerOptions.

PowerOptions covered call search (45 days)
Stock
Sym
Stock
Price
OPTION Strike
Info
Opt
Bid
%
Dnsd.
Prot.
%
If
Unch.
%
If
Asgnd
DPZ $33.54 DPZEG 07 MAY $35.00 $0.55 1.60% 1.70% 6.10%
JTX $29.11 JTXEF 07 MAY $30.00 $0.60 2.10% 2.10% 5.20%
MCD $45.23 MCDEI 07 MAY $45.00 $1.35 3.00% 2.60% 2.60%
PZZA $29.68 ZZQEF 07 MAY $30.00 $1.15 3.90% 4.00% 5.20%
UPS $68.88 UPSEN 07 MAY $70.00 $1.75 2.50% 2.60% 2.70%
(For more details click the ticker symbol above)

DPZ – Is the ticker symbol of the ubiquitous and popular Dominoes Pizza. This trade involves the May $35 call option and offers 1.6% downside protection and 6.1% potential profit if the stock is above the $35 strike price at the end of the option period. The stock is currently trading at $33.54.

JTX – Is the ticker symbol of the Jackson Hewitt Tax Service . This trade involves the May $30 call option and offers 2.1% downside protection and 5.2% potential profit if the stock is above the $30.00 strike price at the end of the option period. The stock is currently trading at $29.11.

MCD – Is the ticker symbol of the famous and even more ubiquitous McDonald’s Restaurant chain. This trade involves the May $45 call option and offers 3.0% downside protection and 2.6% potential profit if the stock is above the $45.00 strike price at the end of the option period. The stock is currently trading at $45.23.

PZZA – Is the ticker symbol of the Papa Johns Pizza chain. This trade involves the May $30 call option and offers 3.9% downside protection and 5.2% potential profit if the stock is above the $30.00 strike price at the end of the option period. The stock is currently trading at $29.68.

UPS – Is the ticker symbol of United Parcel Service. This trade involves the May $70 call option and offers 2.5% downside protection and 2.7% potential profit if the stock is above the $70.00 strike price at the end of the option period. The stock is currently trading at $68.88.

Competitors:
Competitors for DPZ include: Papa John’s International Inc. (PZZA), Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc. (private), and Pizza Hut, Inc. (private).
Competitors for JTX include: H&R Block, Inc. (HRB), Intuit Inc. (INTU), and Liberty Tax Service (private).
Competitors for MCD include: Burger King Corporation (BKC), Yum! Brands Inc. (YUM), Doctor’s Associates Inc. (private), CKE Restaurants Inc. (CKR), Jack in the Box Inc. (JBX), Sonic Corp. (SONC), Tim Hortons Inc. (THI), and Wendys Intl. Inc. (WEN).
Competitors for PZZA include: Dominos Pizza Inc. (DPZ), Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc. (private), and Pizza Hut, Inc. (private).
Competitors for UPS include: FedEx Corporation (FDX), Deutsche Post AG (private), United States Postal Service (private), and Stamps.com Inc. (STMP).
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